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    Kathy Jo McCune
    5 Jun 18, 2014

    This is the capital city of United State of America.. It should be the most beautiful place to stay and enjoy our visit to Washington, DC. We want to go all the historic places, museums and Arlington cemetery. I would rate the best place to stay is #10!

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    Truc Nguyen
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    5 Mar 30, 2013

    So much history, so much to learn, so much to see! Definitely one of the must go places! At least once in your life! I can't wait to go back!

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Samantha Guthrie
    5 Mar 27, 2013

    I've been to cities all up and down the East Coast, and Washington is still my favorite. I think there are two big things that really set it apart. 1) Physically- there is a law banning any buildings taller than the Washington Monument which gives this major metropolitan area a much more intimate and personal feel. I love that I rarely feel swallowed by the scenery here, it always feels like someone's home rather than simply a model built for tourists. 2) DC is such a smart city. Honestly, the culture here so promotes intelligence, personal improvement, and ambition as evidenced by the Smithsonian museums all being free to the public and the city's role as the political heart of the country. Hey, knowing that every major decision maker in the United States (and arguably much of the world) passes through the gates is a pretty impressive notion.

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  • Washington, D.C.Community ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Tiffany Melone "@GogobotSD"
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    5 Mar 07, 2013

    Diabetes is a growing epidemic affecting more than 26 million in the US alone (as of 2011). Every other year hundreds of advocates from local chapters of the American Diabetes Association travel to DC to voice their concerns and to make financial asks of Congress. Advancements at the state and national levels are made in healthcare, prevention, research, media and personal rights in regards to diabetes. Join the National Advocates in Action Team Today!

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  • Washington, D.C.Pro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    5 Feb 24, 2013

    The nation's capitol. You knew this, of course, but what you might not know is that this is a great city and very international to boot.

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    Albert Qian
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    4 Feb 24, 2013

    Politically Washington DC is kind of a crummy place. America's political system hasn't done itself any favours lately. Tourism-wise, Washington DC is one of the best places to see. From the Smithsonian to the Jefferson and Lincoln monuments there's quite an experience to be had. Come here and learn about America.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Michael L
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    4 Feb 11, 2013

    DC is a pretty cool city, but it's probably one of the most unimpressive national capitals. Most tourists only see the national mall, and when they hear you live in DC, they often look at you confused.
    People don't move to DC for the city life; they move here for school or jobs. Being one of the highest educated cities in the nation (I think about a quarter of the population have masters degrees or higher), most citizens are all business. Some pockets of trendy areas have opened up (U St, H St, E. Market, etc), but the population is largely focused on what you do or who you know.
    A recent study on the top 10 cities in the country showed that DC is quickly moving up in terms of both cost of living and population. However, the fact that the city has to overcome 1) an absolutely corrupt city council (on which Marion Barry STILL sits AFTER being investigated by the IRS for tax fraud and showing up to the hearing with traces of marijuana and cocaine STILL in his bloodstream) and 2) an HIV rate higher than more than a few African countries; indicates the ascent of the capital of the free world has been long overdue.
    If you're visiting here for a couple days, you definitely have to hang out around the mall. If you're hear for a couple weeks, you should venture out to G-town, Dupont, U-St or Adams Morgan to get a flavor of the local life. A bus tour might be very beneficial if you have time.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Ron Lorilla
    5 Feb 10, 2013

    You can stand in one place and look around...The White House...Washington Memorial...Smithsonian...Department of *you fill in the blank*.

    The most government influential people work here. Local news here is world news elsewhere. Take a stroll on the mall and just soak in the power all around you.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Flynnwillow
    5 Feb 09, 2013

    Only one trip to my nations capital and it was a three day tour and it was soooo hot but I loved it!! Can't wait to go back!

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    Jenny Layne Cardon
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    5 Feb 05, 2013

    Whenever I visit Washington, DC, I can not help but feel patriotic and proud of our nation's history. The architecture is magnificent, the museums are jammed pack with information and treasures, and there is never a lack of fantastic restaurants to try, places to shop, things to do.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Mary Fox
    5 Jan 29, 2013

    Washington, DC is quiet and comfortable but does not lack entertainment options, great restaurants and an awesome night life. Between Georgetown, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Barracks Row and H Street, you're sure to find something that suits your style.

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  • Washington, D.C.Pro 2014
    Rachel Patterson
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    4 Jan 28, 2013

    I lived in DC for 2 years. There are so many free museums and attractions which make DC an excellent place to visit. The food is also amazing, and the recent trend in food trucks is very exciting. The city is easy to navigate on the subway, on foot, or on a bike - especially with the extensive bikeshare system. The only problem is how hot and humid it gets in the summer.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Jan 28, 2013

    Great city to live in or visit. Lots of iconic museums and monuments that are definitely worth the visit (Smithsonians, and monuments on the national mall). Nevertheless, for those who want to get off the beaten path and escape the hordes of tourists there are plenty of hidden gems throughout the city.

    Culturally, there are plenty of events and festivals throughout the year. With so much happening in and around the national mall, it makes for a lot of entertainment without having to spend a lot of money.

    While the food scene isn't as developed as New York, Chicago, or San Francisco there are plenty of good places to eat.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Beth Glass
    5 Jan 15, 2013

    There are many things to see in Washington, D.C. It is impossible to see everything in one trip. It takes multiple trips to see things in D.C. and the surrounding area. If you plan a trip during the summer expect big crowds and have plenty of patience. However, your patience will definitely pay off. The best way to get around is the subway. You can get within walking distance of all the major attractions and you won't have to deal with that traffic and parking dilemma. Have plenty of memory on your card for your camera because you will take many pictures. Be sure to visit the Vietnam War Memorial, the feeling that comes over you is indescribable. You will come away with a new attitude about the Vietnam War.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Cheryl Bowman
    5 Dec 29, 2012

    There is so much to see here, much of it is free! National Cathedral, smithsonian museums, all the monuments, the Spy Museum is fun, especially for kids. Great neighborhoods like DuPont Circle with all sorts of ethnic restaurants. Georgetown is beautiful with lots of older residences.The Metro is the best way to get around - clean and bright

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Balram Mahabir
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    5 Dec 26, 2012

    This was a spectacular city. The power of the place. The way the city has such a majestic build was great. The monuments were a lovely visit. the museums are majestic in volume and wonder. The history depicted was awesomely inspired

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Stephanie
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    5 Dec 25, 2012

    I've lived in the Washington, DC area for over 5 years and I'm always amazed at the different sites to see and activities to do. The history found in the DC area is unmatched. I still get chills walking past The White House and the monuments. The cherry blossoms in the Spring transform the Tidal Basin into a sea of pink that attracts people from all over the world. Many of the museums are free of charge and are located on the Mall. DC is a very walkable locale, the Metro (subway) provides access to most major tourist areas and three international airports make finding flights in and out easy from pretty much anywhere. I highly recommend a visit of at least 3-4 days.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Ruth-Marie Carl
    5 Dec 07, 2012

    I grew up just outside of DC so I am a little biased. But the city is nice and has a wide selection of different options to check out. It offers educational museums- including a fun Spy one. And be sure if you are going to visit to read about the different areas- as each pocket changes a lil such as. Like areas such as Georgetown, which is great for shopping. Or Adams-Morgan for bar hopping. You can also visit all the National landmarks (obviously). Go in the Spring for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city in 1912 as a sign of friendship. But it makes walking around the city quite a lovely pink spectacle.

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Michael Nolan
    4 Dec 06, 2012

    Some consider it a boring, transitory city. I'd probably agree with some of that, but only in respect to other capitals and significant places (see: Paris, NYC, London, etc.). By any other comparison, however, the city offers quite a bit. The museums are free (practically the only place in the U.S. that offers this), the shops are someone unique (especially Georgetown) and the nightlife is...well...better than it used to be?

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  • Washington, D.C.
    Tarina Peterson
    4 Dec 02, 2012

    If you like monuments and museums Washington D.C. is the place to visit. D.C. is an easy city to make your way around, especially with how most of the tourist sights are located in the same general vicinity. It's a lovely city and if you're a history buff it's even better.

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With its impressive monuments and museums, imposing government buildings, stately mansions, and world-class parks, Washington, D.C., is easily recognizable as the United States' capital. The numerous attractions and historic appeal bring millions of tourists each year, making it the second most visited city in the United States after New York, and ranking it among the top travel destinations in ... read more
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